A guide to the best treks near Dehradun, this travelogue lists the best short treks, nature walks, day hikes, weekend treks & Himlayan treks near Dehradun. Dehradun has a unique geographic location, pleasant weather & proximity to Shivalik mountains which makes it an ideal base for outdoor adventures like trekking, hiking, camping & mountain exploration.
Dehradun is like a gateway for day treks near Mussoorie, weekend treks and multi-day Himalayan treks. Trekking near Dehradun also offers good pre-training if one is planning for higher Himalayan treks like Rupin Pass, Roopkund trek, Har Ki Dun, Kedarkantha etc. An amateur trekker can get a feel of Himalayan trails by doing day hikes or weekend treks near Dehradun.
Nunes Bakarna Chhaskhet trek is the one of the most adventurous & scenic treks near Dehradun which starts from village Jhariwala (800m) along the river Nun. Village Jhariwala is about 6 km from Dehradun Garhi Cantt. area near Ganghora. The trek begins with a forest walk along side the river & slowly turns into a mountain hike as one crosses the village Halduwala (900 m). The best thing about Nunes Bakarna Chhaskhet trek is that it takes you from an altitude of 800m (village Jhariwala) to 1800m (village Chhaskhet) within a span of 4-5 hours. One gets breathtaking views of Dehradun valley & Mussoorie hills, as one climbs higher & higher on this trail. Village Chhaskhet provides excellent insight into Himalayan flora & fauna, a delight for nature lovers & photographers.
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Benog Hill trek which is popularly known as Benog Tibba is a full day trek near Dehradun, it is a forest walk in the Mountain Quail Sanctuary region in Mussoorie, taking you further to the Benog Tibba peak (2,250m). Benog Tibba trek is an ideal day trek for amateurs, kids, senior citizens, nature lovers & photographers. Mountain Quail Sanctuary is home to rare Himalayan flora & fauna – Himalayan black bear, leopard, Ghural, barking deer “kakar”, many rare birds & plant species. Benog Hill trek starts from Clouds End, which is about 7 km from Mussoorie. Mussoorie is a famous hill station which is just an hour’s drive uphill from Dehradun.
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Bhadraj trek near Dehradun & Mussoorie offers a scenic forest walk, contrasting views with an adventurous climb to the Bhadraj temple at the mountain peak (2,200 m). Bhadraj temple on the mountain top which is dedicated to Lord Balbhadra, holds an annual fair in the month of August. Bhadraj Hill gives a 360 degree panoramic view of higher Himalayas in the north, Assan barage to the west & Doon valley to the south. Bhadraj trek starts from village Dudhli, which is about 10 km from Mussoorie.
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Chhaskhet Nature trek is a moderate forest walk in the scenic & pristine western outskirts of hill station Mussoorie, just an hour’s drive from Dehradun. Chhaskhet trek starts from the Clouds End, takes you through scenic forest path which culminates at small scenic village Chhaskhet which is situated at an altitude of 1,780 m. Chhaskhet village is nestled in the beautiful oak, birch & pine forest which is an absolute delight for nature lovers & photography enthusiasts. One can spot many rare Himalayan birds & animals like barking deer “kakar” grazing in the nearby forest slopes.
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Pari Tibba trek or the trek to the “Hill of the Fairies” is a beautiful forest ridge walk near Dehradun which starts near the famous Woodstock School on the eastern edge of Mussoorie. Pari Tibba ridge trek offers something unique to the nature lovers in every season. In April, rhododendrons are in full bloom & the oak in purple new leaf and from October onwards, one gets a front seat view of the spectacular Mussoorie winter line. The hill top of Pari Tibba has a thick blanket of oak & deodar forest and this area also has around 120 fabulous species of ferns. Pari Tibba peak gives magnificent views of Doon Valley in the south & higher Himalayan mountains in the North.
Nag Tibba is located in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Nag Tibba trek starts from village Pantwari, which is about 96 km or 3 hour drive from Dehradun. Nag Tibba is an all season trek near Dehradun which has rocky trails, forest walks & great panoramic views of higher peaks like Nanda Devi, Gangotri, Swargarohini, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba & many more. Nag Tibba trek has some of the best camping sites in Uttarakhand. Climbing the Nag Tibba peak (3,022 m), highest peak in lower Garhwal mountain range, is the best part of the Nag Tibba trek. All these factors as well as a good road connectivity to Pantwari make Nag Tibba the best weekend trek near Dehradun.
Pattharkhol is situated on the forest barrier between Tehri Garhwal & Uttarkashi in the hilly state of Uttarakhand. Pattharkhol trek starts from village Aindi which is just 2 hour drive from Mussoorie. This day trek takes you to an altitude of 7,956 ft (Pattharkhol hill top). Pattharkhol offers breathtaking views of the higher Himalayan peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Gangotri, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba & many more. Pattharkhol receives good amount of snowfall during the months of Dec to Feb which also qualifies it for an excellent winter trek near Dehradun and Mussoorie.